Ford driver David Reynolds notched only the second pole position of his career, and the first of the season, when he piloted his Bottle-O Racing Team Falcon round Darwin’s Hidden Valley racetrack early Saturday afternoon in 1min 9.5034sec, enough to put him ahead of the pack for the first of the V8 Supercar races in this weekend’s sixth round of the championship.

The 27-year-old, whose car comes from the Ford Performance Racing stable, finished narrowly ahead of champion and current series leader Jamie Whincup, in the Red Bull Commodore, with Reynold’s FPR stablemate Will Davison third and James Courtney, in the Holden Racing Team Commodore, fourth.

Ford has a tremendous record at the Top End track, this being the seventh year in succession that the blue oval brand has been on pole in Darwin.

For Reynolds it is another step in a progressive path in which he is establishing himself as a V8 regular. He has yet to win a race, but he has been on the podium at Bathurst, having finished second on Mount Panorama last year, and Darwin is a circuit at which he has performed well in the past.

It was a fantastic session for FPR, as it had three of the top five cars on the grid with Mark Winterbottom qualifying in firth position.

Reynolds said afterwards that the team had a fantastic test day “and that’s where the speed came from. I would love to tell everyone that I got off Facebook and that’s where the speed came from,” he joked.

Winterbottom said: “It’s a big confidence boost for everyone. Confidence in sport is massive, you can’t buy it, you have got to earn it.”

Whincup’s team-mate Craig Lowndes had been fastest in qualifying, but made a mess of his shoot out lap and will start Saturday’s afternoon’s first race from 10th on the grid.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.